That Apollo is in fact a Thoroughbred. He's chill, sweet, and trustworthy, and up until recently, he's been easy to keep weight on. (Well, except for the sensitive skin thing. I had to buy new, all-herbal fly spray for His Delicateness. He was starting the getting-hives cycle, even before the flies and bugs got bad. He's now in his full fly gear, fly spray everywhere the fly sheet and mask don't cover, wearing a bonnet during rides, etc.)
But ... as summer has begun, I've been riding him more and doing more interesting/demanding things with him. Jumping, trot sets, really working hard on our dressage, you know the drill. And I suppose I've been exceedingly lucky so far in feeding him -- he's been doing great on hay and grass only. But now that the grass is in, we haven't been feeding hay nearly as much, letting them eat the buffet. Looks like grass only isn't enough for the poor guy: he's been dropping weight. Like, yknow, a Thoroughbred.
I also dewormed him, just in case, and we'll have his teeth checked next time the vet is out. Just in case.
Meanwhile, I got some beet pulp and rice bran, and he's getting plenty of both with some salt. As soon as possible, I'm going to add Cool Calories and U-Gard (just in case, on the U-Gard; he can be girthy). Maybe APF Pro, but right now I don't think he desperately needs it. We'll see how he does on the beep/rice bran/CC/UG first. I imagine he'll start picking up weight pretty quickly.
So the questions are:
* Cool Calories in bag form from D&B Supply OR in Smartpaks?
* U-Gard in pellet form OR in powder form?
* U-Gard in bucket form from D&B OR in Smartpaks?
As for the U-Gard ... I'm thinking that the powder might be the best bet because it's more adjustable in dose than the pellets. The loading dose is 2 scoops a day for 28 days, whereas the maintenance dose is 1 scoop.
I'm annoyed that Blogger won't let me put in a table ... or at least not without more markup language than I feel like doing right now. You're probably glad, though, because you won't be subjected to my spreadsheet calculations. :) I compared Smartpak loading and maintenance dose prices, prices per day, getting just one in Smartpaks, 8 lb bags vs 4 lb bags, etc.
The final calculation is that it'll be cheaper in the long run to buy an 8 lb bucket of U-Gard and an 8 lb bag of Cool Calories and do the scooping myself. The question now becomes where to buy the products? Valley Vet is usually pretty inexpensive for this stuff, but ... shipping price and speed comes into it. I might be best off hitting up D&B or Legacy.
More research! Whee!